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Dropbox partners with Diverse City Careers to encourage greater diversity in the workplace

- February 16, 2016 2 MIN READ

Dropbox has today launched a partnership with Melbourne startup Diverse City Careers (DCC) aimed at encouraging greater diversity within Australian workplaces.

The partnership will see Dropbox give DCC, which runs a jobs board full of roles at organisations that share the startup’s same values of diversity, ongoing support to run educational events, campaigns, webinars, and produce other free resources.

Charlie Wood, managing director of Dropbox ANZ, said he didn’t need much convincing to have Dropbox link up with the startup.

“Valeria [Ignatieva] and Gemma [Lloyd] reached out to me via LinkedIn and asked a simple question: ‘Why is diversity important to Dropbox and to me?’ Simple question, straight to the point. I responded and we met a few weeks later.  I was impressed by their innovative and direct approach to driving change in the corporate landscape of Australia,” he said.

As well as helping DCC engage other organisations, Wood said Dropbox will be looking to increase diversity within its own ranks in 2016. Figures released by the company about its global workforce in 2015 show that women make up 32 percent of employees. Just 19 percent of its tech employees are women, while women hold 21 percent of leadership positions. Almost 60 percent of its workforce is white, while 30 percent is Asian and other minorities make up the other 11 percent.

“For 2016, we are building key foundational elements to foster a diverse workforce. Our efforts focus on three areas: pipeline, culture and community. We’ll work to build our pipeline; create a culture of inclusivity; and invest in organisations that are committed to providing career opportunities for diverse groups like DCC,” Wood said.

“We want to be a company where Dropboxers from any background can build a career they love…we’re working hard to minimise unconscious bias in the workplace by changing how we recruit, retain and promote employees with unique life experiences.”

DCC cofounder Valeria Ignatieva welcomed the support from Dropbox, saying that the startup was impressed to see Dropbox having built a strong focus on culture from day one.

Dropbox staff feel like they can themselves at work and truly belong. We have some fantastic staff profiles on the DCC website where employees share stories about travelling the world and getting involved in great community initiatives all through work,” she said.

“It’s great to see Dropbox place so much emphasis on creating an inclusive environment for their employees. Having Charlie as a passionate advocate in this area is going to play a big part in influencing change in the tech sector. We are seeing companies with a genuine focus on social responsibility perform much better in the highly competitive Australian market in terms of market share and retaining talented people.”

Dropbox joins a growing list of companies endorsed by DCC. These include PwC, IBM, Origin Energy, and Curtin University.

Image: Valeria Ignatieva and Gemma Lloyd. Source: Supplied.